The end of the semester is inching towards me, which means that not only am I internally weeping with stress--less than a week until my master's exam! aaaah!--but also that I am so. incredibly. sick of all my classes. Frills, guys, sometimes I sit in my syntax class and wonder what would happen if I ran out of the room screaming in frustration and boredom.
This past week was perfect timing, then, for my invention of a new game, which I will call "how to survive a three-hour anthropology seminar."
(Catchy name, huh?)
The game is easy, and depends on only one prop, a (preferably caffeinated) beverage. Clutch it in your hand like you'd die without it, as you very well might; three hours of sleep a night is not enough.
The rules are simple: drink for academic anthropology stereotypes.
When someone uses ridiculous jargon? Drink! (Come on people, phenomenology? Ethological? Aboutness?)
When someone abuses English productive morphology? Drink! ("De-embeddedment"? Are we serious?)
When someone quibbles over definitions? Drink! (What does Silverstein really mean when he says "referential"?)
When the talkative dude with the goatee says something that might be deep, or might just be really obvious? Drink! ("Truly, my face belongs to you all, even though I consider it one of my most intimate possessions." How am I not myself? How...am I not...myself?)
When someone cites an idea as being FamousThinker-ian? Drink! Drink! Drink! (Levi-Straussian. Kantian. Saussurean. Boasian. Bourdieuian. Hegelian. Whorfian. Merleau-Pontyian. Voloshinovian. Chomskyan. Goffmanian. IN ONE THREE-HOUR CLASS PERIOD I AM NOT JOKING.)
When that chip-on-her-shoulder Indian girl across the table cuts in with, what else, a comment about colonialism and power dynamics? Sigh. Drink. You deserve it.
When someone calls into question the true agentivity of human actors? Drink! (Oh, wait, that was me. Two sips, then.)
When you realize that you've just gotten through an entire three-hour discussion in which not a single person has cited any actual data or examples? Finish your drink. You've got a syntax class to get through next.